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  • Jewish Leader Appointed Venezuela’s Culture Minister

    The President of Venezuela has appointed Paulina Gamus as the nation’s Minister of Culture, the first time in the country’s history a Jew has achieved a Cabinet-level post, the World Jewish Congress reported Tuesday. The appointment of Gamus is engendering particular enthusiasm within the Jewish community, not only because it represents a further example of… More ▸

  • Venezuela’s Jews Seek to Block Inclusion of PLO in Sports Federation

    Reacting to reports that the Pan American Gymnastics Confederation will support the participation of “Palestine” in the International Gymnastics Federation, the Venezuelan Jewish community has asked national governmental and sporting authorities to help block this development, the World Jewish Congress reported today. According to the Latin American branch of the WJC, the president of the… More ▸

  • New Study Finds Jewish Youth in Venezuela Apathetic to Community

    Jews throughout Latin America are deeply disturbed by a recent study which showed that while the great majority of Venezuelan Jewish college youths have attended Jewish primary and secondary schools, they display apathy and indifference to Jewish concerns and play virtually no part in Jewish community activities in this country. Manuel Tenenbaum, executive director of… More ▸

  • Special Report Venezuela, Despite Its Arab Connections, Maintains Cordial Relations with Israel

    Venezuela is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an Arab-dominated body that is resolutely anti-Israel. But Venezuela, probable Arab objections notwithstanding, maintains cordial relations with the Jewish state. In fact, Venezuela, the richest nation in South America, has so far resisted Arab League overtures that the PLO be permitted to establish… More ▸

  • Venezuela Seeking to Buy Rocket Batteries from Israel

    The Venezuelan Ministry of Defense is negotiating an $84 million contract with the Israel Defense Force for the purchase of 25 ground-to-ground rocket batteries, according to a report in the daily newspaper, Diario de Caracas. The army’s modernization program is ultimately destined to enable it to achieve parity with the navy, which has acquired five… More ▸

  • Israel, Venezuela Sign Accord

    Israel and Venezuela recently signed an agreement for rural development. The agreement would have probably passed without notice, except that it was signed in Jerusalem — the first such agreement to be signed after Switzerland refused to sign a bilateral agreement in Jerusalem following the Knesset’s proclamation that Jerusalem as an undivided city is Israel’s… More ▸

  • Ecuador Follows Venezuela, Uruguay to Move Its Embassy from Jerusalem

    Ecuador yesterday become the third South American country to announce it will move its embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in the wake of the new Israeli law formally declaring-united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As did Venezuela and Uruguay in announcing their decisions earlier, Ecuador insisted that its friendship for Israel is unchanged… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Protest Venezuela’s Plan to Move Its Israel Embassy

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC)and the Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan Boston (JCC) met with representatives of the Venezuelan government in their respective cities to protest the decision of Venezuela to move its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Five members of the JCRC met with Venezuela’s United Nations… More ▸